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Welcome to the School of Nursing

Our School has a rich history. For over 70 years, we have provided leadership within the Hamilton community and beyond in nursing education, nursing scholarship and research, and nursing practice.

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Dr. Sandra L. Carroll, Associate Dean, Health Sciences & Director, School of Nursing

Welcome to the School of Nursing at McMaster. It is my privilege and honor to serve as Interim Associate Dean, Health Sciences and Director of the School of Nursing (2017 – 2018). At McMaster, we are committed to the education of highly skilled professional nurses who are at the heart of health care— from the hospital bedside to the community. Our vision is to advance health and well-being through excellence in nursing. Our key core values centre on respect, creativity, and caring. Nurses are advocates for patients and families through health promotion, quality care delivery, and innovative and impactful research. As a community, we are also engaged in local, national, and international nursing leadership. Nurses comprise the largest single regulated health profession in Ontario, achieving sustained excellence as our healthcare system continues to evolve. Our school has a rich history of driving healthcare since its inception in 1946. Alongside our hospital, community, and educational partners, we continue to shape healthcare by ensuring excellence in our students. Our School’s faculty and staff are the key drivers of our student success. I look forward to working with all students, faculty, and our leadership team in the coming year. Together, we invite you to explore and engage in all that our School of Nursing has to offer.

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Dr. Nancy Carter, Assistant Dean, Nursing Graduate Program

The objective of the Nursing Graduate Program is to engage Registered Nurses who want to enhance their career opportunities through graduate education.  A graduate degree or certificate opens many doors for nurses, whether your interest is clinical care or practice, education, research or leadership. We offer three Masters degrees in three streams (Course based, Thesis based and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner) for nurses wanting to practice at an advanced level.  We also offer the PHCNP Certificate for nurses who already have a Master’s degree.  For nurses with a passion for research, we offer the PhD program.  Our award winning graduate faculty include nurses doing research on healthy aging, palliative care, diabetes care, cardiovascular health, oncology, primary care, public health and advanced practice nursing.  Our students are supported through generous admission scholarships, internal travel and research bursaries, and support for external awards and scholarships. If you have an interest in graduate education or nursing research, we welcome the opportunity to discuss our programs with you.

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Dr. Ruth Chen, Assistant Dean, Academic Resources and Department Education Coordinator

The Academic Resources Office of the School of Nursing (SON) promotes high-quality student learning experiences by adopting proactive, responsive, and fiscally responsible approaches to meet the instructional needs of our SON Education Programs. To ensure that all educational needs in the SON are addressed, we develop a robust Part-Time (Sessional) Instructor and Part-Time Clinical Faculty base to complement the teaching our Full-Time Faculty provide in the Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Our Sessional Instructors and Part-Time Clinical Faculty Appointees are clinicians, researchers, educators, and senior administrators who are employed in all sectors of the healthcare system. These partnerships provide rich learning opportunities for students and foster a learning environment where students remain informed and engaged with current developments in the healthcare environment and in nursing practice.

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Dr. Michael McGillion, Assistant Dean, Research

Welcome to the School of Nursing. Our school has a history of being one of the most research-intensive schools or faculties of nursing in Canada. Our faculty members are searching for solutions to some of the most important health challenges facing us today: heart disease, healthy aging, diabetes, to name a few. Our nursing students are on the front line of health care and are well positioned to advocate for how to practically address these challenges; they are also engaged in health research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Ultimately, the goal of the school’s researchers is to promote health and improve health care for everyone. It’s an inspiring mission. As a school, we are leading health system innovation and creating new models of care, helping people live well after major illness, and helping to prevent illnesses from developing in the first place.

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Dr. Pamela Baxter, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Welcome to McMaster University’s BScN Program! I look forward to meeting each of you and to watching you learn and grow in this rewarding, challenging and exciting university environment. I can safely say that you will not be the same person exiting the program as you are entering. Why? Because, you are entering a professional program that will push you outside your comfort zone, challenge your thinking and foster a sense of curiosity about yourself, others and the world around you. You will no longer take health for granted and you will see the fragility of life. You will learn what it means to be an evidence-informed healthcare practitioner and why the nursing role is so critical to patients (and their families), other healthcare providers, and to health care systems (local, provincial, and international) overall.  As you progress through the Program you will interact with a variety of professionals, paraprofessionals and members of the public in a multitude of clinical and non-clinical contexts and you will learn from each encounter. Many of the people you collaborate with will leave an indelible mark on your heart and each mark will help you to grow as an individual and as a nurse. You will learn the power of professional caring, the power of the human spirit, and the power of knowledge to bring about change. While in the School of Nursing, you will find yourself surrounded by excellent, caring, and knowledge faculty members. Each one wanting to support your learning and to push you to strive for excellence in all areas of your nursing practice. You will graduate having been exposed to our world-class researchers and educators and each one will seek to enrich your undergraduate experience.  Please drop by and introduce yourself at any time, I’m always open to (and greatly value) your feedback as it is the only way to improve and to ensure that we continue to offer responsive, innovative, world-class nursing education. Again, welcome to McMaster’s BScN Program; you’ve now started the journey of a lifetime!

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